So the Irish Anti-Smoker Industry has its collective snout back in the trough again?
Dick Puddlecote has already demolished the logic of these moves but I would have a couple of questions of my own.
First of all, I would like to ask Goodie O'Meara what she thinks about the extortionate profits made by her paymasters in Big Pharma. Tobacco profits pale into insignificance when it comes to the pharmacutical industry yet I don't hear any call for their profits to be taxed? This is an industry that kills 115,000 people a year in Ireland [if Tobacco Control can pluck figures out of their arse then so can I] and make staggering profits yet we never hear mention of taxes on them? This is the industry that produces "cures" and then places such a massive profit margin on them that the sick and dying can't afford them. €80,000 to treat one patient? What kind of profit margin do we have here? It would be cheaper to make the pills out of pure 24 carat gold, yet they somehow escape the wrath of the Puritans?
They want a 50 cent increase in the price of fags. Only 50c? If they were really serious they would demand a tax level that would price 20 fags at around the €100 mark, but then you see, they would instantly stop all [legitimate] purchases and they would be out of the game. No more fat salaries for Tobacco Control. No more trough feeding. They would be out of a job. It would also be a loss to the gubmint of €1.1 billion a year in lost excise and VAT.
These people are clever. The don't want to kill the Golden Goose, so they pluck feathers out of it one at a time. They have to achieve a very delicate balance. They don't want smokers to quit as then they would be out of a job. They need smokers to provide the revenue and the excuse for their own existence. They are quite open about this in their claim that any extra tax should be diverted to "helping smokers quit" or to put it in other words, into their pockets. Also they want to divert massive funding to Big Pharma by providing "free" Nicotine Replacement Therapy [i.e. Big Pharma’s useless patches, gum and inhalers] which is, when all is said and done, why Big Pharma pays a fair chunk of their payroll.
When you look at their budget proposals, there is little mention of health or cessation. All you see is demand for more and more money for their greedy little gravy train.
These cunts don't give a flying fuck about smokers or cancer.
All they are interested in is their well paid jobs.